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You’ll have heard Ruth going on about Scotland being the most highly taxed part of the UK and that this is even keeping immigrants away. Needless to say, it’s pure tosh.
Yes, those earning more than £43 000 pay an extra £400 over their English equivalents. There are 2 636 000 people in work in Scotland. Around 370 000 earn more than £43 000. That’s only 14% of the workforce and it’s only £400 per annum or about £8 per week extra. These same quite well-paid people also pay less council tax than they would in England with the average of bands A-H at £1,551.33 in Scotland and £1,922.46 in England. In addition, this group send most of their children to university and even with just one child attending, save more than £7 000 per annum. So even this group is not more heavily taxed.
Now for the other 86% or more than 2 million workers including most of the immigrants Ruth talks of, I’d guess. They pay the same income tax as the rest of the UK but they benefit from the same free tuition fees, lower council tax and universal free prescription charges. For those with chronic conditions, that can be the equivalent of thousands of pounds every year. So, the average Scottish worker pays less tax than the average English worker
Finally, older citizens, they too benefit from staying in Scotland. Free prescriptions, free bus passes, free TV licence, winter heating allowance, lower council taxes and free personal care. The latter, like the free prescriptions, can be worth thousands.
It’s a no-brainer, Ruth. Stop telling porkies.